Exploring Your Home Septic System

Owning a home comes with many responsibilities that reach far beyond maintaining your investment and paying your monthly bills. As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to your community and the community at large. This rule especially applies to those homeowners who operate septic systems. If a septic system is not properly maintained, homeowners run the risk of inflicting disastrous damage to not only their family but community as well. Most malfunctions concerning septic systems occur due to the homeowner’s lack of knowledge surrounding key components and functions of their system. SES, Northern Virginia’s leading septic system maintenance and repair company, will be developing a series of articles concentrating on the ins and outs surrounding a variety of components belonging to your system. By providing you with this valuable information SES hopes to not only protect the health of your system but the health of your family, friends, neighbors, and the Northern Virginia community at large.

Imagine this scenario: A homeowner is about to live his Manassas, Virginia home to make his daily commute to Leesburg, Virginia. Upon walking out his front door he notices puddles in his yard. It has not rained in days and the home is not equipped with an irritation system. Dismissing what he has seen, the man gets in his car to begin his commute. At around lunch time the man receives a call from his wife concerning the overflow in their yard. There seems to be a horrendous odor coming from their yard and the neighbors are beginning to call to inquire about the smell. Little does the man know, the overflow is actually raw sewage backing up into his yard. Not only is the smell obnoxious he is also putting his family and neighbors at risk of infection and contamination. What the man thought to be his yard was actually his drainfield. His system has begun to fail and it will cost him thousands of dollars to remedy the issue. Lack of knowledge and familiarity with the system cost this individual big time.

The wastewater that exits the septic tank is released into the drainfield where it undergoes further treatment by the soil. This wastewater has already been partially treated by the enzymes in the septic tank and is pushed into the drainfield now that new wastewater has entered the tank. In the event that the drainfield becomes overloaded with too much liquid, it will flood, resulting in sewage to flow up to the ground surface creating backups in your homes plumbing system and preventing further treatment of wastewater. For such instances, most states have required homeowners to have a reserve drainfield installed. This draining area must be treated with care in case of an issue with the primary drainfield.

Located in Warrenton, Virginia, SES offers 24-hour emergency response for septic system malfunctions. SES has been serving residential and commercial customers alike since 1987. Contact SES today for all Northern Virginia inspection, service, maintenance, repair, and reports surrounding your system.

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